When it opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was the largest and most luxurious hotel in South Florida. Morris Lapidus, the hotel's architect, included signature features like a 17,000-square-foot lobby with a now legendary staircase to nowhere, six acres of formal gardens designed to replicate Versailles, and antique furnishings to authentically convey the hotel's French period theme. In 2008, the resort completed a $1 billion renovation and expansion. The resort's 1,504 guest rooms include 846 rooms and suites in the original buildings. The 37-story Tresor and 18-story Sorrento, two new luxury all-suite towers located at the south end of the property, have 658 junior, one- and two-bedroom suites.
Explore Southern Appalachian history and culture at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Start your morning on the porch reveling in the thick morning fog from which the region earned its name. Later, bicycle through Cades Cove, or try your luck angling for rainbow trout on 700 miles of fishable streams. With 800 miles of trails, and over 80-historic structures including log cabin schoolhouses and gristmills, a journey here is a step back to a earlier era, where nature tended to steal the show.